This past Sunday, I saw The Imitation Game with friends. It’s now Tuesday and I’m STILL thinking about that extraordinary film.
Alan Turing was a WW2 hero but in the way where no one knew he was because of the top secret-ness of his work. He cracked the German enigma code which helped the Allies win the war and for 50 years, it was a classified. When it became public knowledge, people realized that the war hero and extraordinary man who’s research made the modern day computer possible was arrested and convicted for homosexuality which resulted in his suicide in 1954 at age 41.
I want people to see this film and the wonderful Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing because it pulls at your heartstrings. I get emotionally moved when a film deals with modern day issues of oppression but Alan’s story felt more individual as though he were a friend by the end of the movie and I was watching a friend be hurt by bigoted ideas. That is in due part to the excellent performance of Cumberbatch.
Anyways, this is a book blog so of course I have to point you in the direction of Andrew Hodges book, Alan Turing: The Enigma, which the film was based on. I want to read it now and find out more about Turing, the war and what happened after. I’m surprised this isn’t something we discuss in schools given his contribution to the creation of computers and his significant role in WW2. I hope this film does bring the attention he deserves and I hope you guys take the time to go out and see it.
—A. A. Omer